These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Indiana


We used science and data to determine which cities in The Hoosier State are redneck heaven.

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Is there anything really wrong with being called an Indiana redneck? Most rednecks would say, “I don’t care what you call me, as long as you call me for supper.”

Rednecks are a part of our culture. They are hailed as being great in our song lyrics. They’re prominently featured in reality television. There are even video games about rednecks.

So, you’d think people who are rednecks would be proud to be called a redneck. Especially down in southern Indiana (where several of the cities ended up being located). Here, you’ve got people who vote one way, who stick to their own, and who would rather rely on each other than on the government.

Wait. What is a redneck anyways? Well, according to the official bible of literature, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a redneck is:

“A white person who lives in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive.”

Plus, we thought why not add in a few stereotypes? Cause, you know, rednecks live in mobile home parks and they like to hunt, drink, chew and shoot things. They eat at Golden Corral and shop at Bass Pro Shops, Walmart and Dollar General.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where rednecks might live in Indiana, and then put out a list.

Because, the data never lies, does it? So hold our beers and watch while we run some rankings!

After analyzing 94 cities with a population between 2,500 and 25,000, we’ve finally determined these are The Most Redneck Cities in Indiana:

  1. Aurora (Photos)
  2. Lawrenceburg (Photos)
  3. Madison (Photos)
  4. Angola (Photos)
  5. Whiting (Photos)
  6. Warsaw (Photos)
  7. Knox (Photos)
  8. Logansport (Photos)
  9. Monticello (Photos)
  10. Columbia City (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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What redneck criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most redneck cities in Indiana, we had to determine what criteria makes a redneck.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and Google Maps, this is the criteria we used:

The dictionary definition categories

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Lives in the south or midwest

And the stereotypical categories

  • Number of dive bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Golden Corrals, Bass Pro Shops, and Dollar Generals nearby

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, from most to least redneck, we put in a list of the cities in a chart at the bottom. Hope you’re on there if you want to be.

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1. Aurora

Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q, Aurora, IN. Google Maps.

Population: 3,971
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 1st in Indiana
Bars per capita: 3rd in the state
Golden Corral rank: 2nd
Walmart rank: 2

Dern tootin’, Aurora! You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of Indiana. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.

Lets see why. Aurora has the most fishing/bait shops per capita in the state. And you can guess why. They’re smack dab right on the banks of the Ohio River down there. You can bet lots of Aurora rednecks take their kin down to troll for bass and crappie every afternoon.

Plus, they have their very own Walmart down there. No lines for cheap bait!

There are also more bars per capita in the area around here than in almost any other city in the state.

Aurora has it made, and you can see why so many rednecks live here.

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2. Lawrenceburg

Wormies Bait & Tackle, Lawrenceburg, IN. From their Facebook page

Population: 5,023
Fishing/bait shops per capita and the area: 3rd most in Indiana
High school graduation rate: 74%
Gun stores per capita: 5th

Guess who is right next door to Aurora? Lawrenceburg. The rednecks here probably share fishing stories with Aurora rednecks at the Lawrenceburg Waffle House. Then Aurora invites Lawrenceburg over to shop at their Walmart.

Lawrenceburg has a much higher gun store rank than Aurora does. Which means, don’t go tryin’ to steal any chickens in Lawrenceburg. They probably lose enough to the coons as it is.

3. Madison

Madison, Indiana Rib Fest. Shooter’s Facebook page

Population: 12,048
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 7th in Indiana
Bars per capita: 4th in the state

About a three hour tube float down from Aurora on the Ohio is the redneck town of Madison. If you’ve ever been there during an event (they host the speedboat race called the Madison Regatta every July), you know it gets pretty rednecky here.

A true Madison redneck knows that you don’t have to wait until Monday to buy your booze. You just drive over the bridge into Kentucky and stock up on NASCAR Sunday.

Madison has a high number of fishing/bait shops and a very high number of bars, per capita.

4. Angola

Tobacco Shop in Angola, IN. Google Maps

Population: 8,552
Tobacco stores per capita: 6th in Indiana
Walmarts per capita: 6th in the state
Mobile home park rank: 7th

Angola is just about as close to the Michigan/Ohio border that you can get. And judging by the sheer numbers, you know it’s pretty redneck up here.

Angola is 7th in terms of mobile home parks in Indiana. Nothing says redneck like swiping a few bass out of nearby Lake James and then frying them up back at the trailer.

There are also a high percentage of tobacco stores in this area. We like to call it the chew factor. Angola’s chew factor is 6.

5. Whiting

Piggy’s Lounge, Whiting, IN. Google Maps

Population: 4,997

Bars per capita: 1st in Indiana
Chew factor: 3
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 3rd in Indiana

You might think a town called Whiting would be a for sure redneck town, and you’re right. It’s 76% white, and very blue collar. But if I told you it was located near Chicago, that might throw you off.

There are plenty of rednecks here. They get to fish Lake Michigan and enjoy more bars per capita than any other place in the state. Nothin says redneck like acting tough after a case of Natty Lights.

6. Warsaw

Fletcher’s Bait & Tackle, Warsaw, IN. Google Maps

Population: 13,620
Fishing shops per capita: 4th in the state
Chew factor: 5th
Mobile home parks: 3rd in Indiana

The rednecks are laying down the law and spreading their seed up here in Warsaw. Just 10 years ago, the town was 70% white. Nowadays, it’s 90% white.

You can see why. The ratio of fishing/bait shops and mobile home parks is sky high up here in Warsaw. Plus, there’s no way you’re runnin’ out of chew.

7. Knox

Butch’s Bait Shop, Knox, IN. Google Maps

Population: 3,687
High school graduation rate: 69%
Guns and ammo rank: 1st in Indiana
Chew factor: 1

Little Knox, Indiana is the smallest city to make this list. But there’s more places nearby to get guns and ammo and to stock up on chew and smokes.

Nothing’s more redneck than shooting at coons, blowing up stuff and sucking down a pack of Camels.

Knox is located out in the country, a short drive from Notre Dame. It’s 97% white here.

8. Logansport

At Carole’s Corner Pub, Logansport, IN. From their Facebook page

Population: 6,844
High school graduation rate: 68%
Walmarts per capita: 18th in Indiana
Gun stores per capita: 20th

Yes, there’s plenty of ammo to be sold in Logansport. And lots of Walmart shopping. And a lot of the people here didn’t graduate from high school.

Here’s what internet comments had to say about Logansport:

“I’ve never seen a place like Logansport where red necks run rampant and get away with it”

“Logansport has churches and bars on nearly every street; half the people I saw walking around were well over-weight or had serious dental problems.”

“Not all of Logansport people are rednecks, only 90%…lol. Some us are non-rednecks, like me.”

9. Monticello

Locals catch some good ones in Monticello, IN. Twin Lakes Fish & Game Facebook page

Population: 5,384
Walmart rank: 1st
Gun stores per capita: 6th in Indiana
Fishing/bait per capita: 7th

Monticello is right on the banks of the Tippecanoe River (the rednecks call it the ‘Tippy’), and smack dab between Lakes Freeman and Shafer. It’s also right next door to Indiana Beach, perhaps the most redneck amusement park this side of the Mississippi. Seriously, are the rides always broken down?

There are lots of places to fish and shoot guns here, as is evident by the number of places to buy such things. Even though it’s such a small city, there’s a Walmart here, so rednecks can get all gussied up before a day out on the lake.

10. Columbia City

Precision Arms Gun Store, Columbia City, IN. Google Maps

Population: 8,503
Mobile home parks in area: 4th in Indiana
Walmart rank: 3rd
Bars per capita: 5th in IN

Columbia City is 97% white, which is 1% less than it was ten years ago.

They’ve got lots of rednecky stuff they can buy, and they’re way out on Route 30, a mere thirty minutes from Fort Wayne. So, when they run out of beer, ammo, and camo, and their local mom and pop outlets are closed, they only have to fire up the truck and head into town.

Or, they could ride the mower.

There You Have It

According to the official dictionary definition of a redneck, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most redneck cities in a state can’t be too far off. If you’re analyzing smaller cities in Indiana with blue collar workers, where people have lots of options for drinking, smoking, hunting and Walmarting, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least redneck places in Indiana

  1. Bright
  2. Melody Hill
  3. McCordsville
  4. Winfield

We published a story on the 10 best places to live in Indiana that might be more ‘stimulating’ reading for your day. Click here to read it.

City Population Rank
Aurora 3791 1
Lawrenceburg 5023 2
Madison 12048 3
Angola 8552 4
Whiting 4997 5
Warsaw 13620 6
Knox 3687 7
Logansport 17855 8
Monticello 5384 9
Columbia City 8503 10
Clinton 4892 11
Bedford 13436 12
Winchester 4926 13
Tipton 5094 14
Washington 11552 15
Fortville 4080 16
Linton 5408 17
Edinburgh 4124 17
Paoli 3967 18
Whiteland 4382 18
Kendallville 9943 21
Hebron 3683 22
North Vernon 6616 22
Mooresville 9383 22
Sullivan 4248 25
Decatur 10062 25
Clarksville 22122 27
Westville 5873 28
Gas City 5918 29
Crawfordsville 15958 30
Martinsville 11890 30
Frankfort 16433 32
Hartford City 6207 32
Brazil 7786 34
Nappanee 6509 35
Avon 12542 36
Greencastle 10343 37
Connersville 13479 38
Griffith 16875 39
Lake Station 12596 40
Austin 4190 41
Bluffton 9565 42
New Castle 18066 42
Dyer 16283 44
Vincennes 18374 45
Alexandria 5167 46
Charlestown 7607 47
Munster 23460 48
Elwood 8677 49
Jasper 14982 50
La Porte 22077 51
Wabash 10644 51
Greenfield 20545 53
Greensburg 11527 54
Pendleton 4289 55
Danville 8981 56
Mitchell 4389 57
Auburn 12760 58
Franklin 23857 59
Chesterton 13571 60
Huntingburg 5739 61
Bremen 4591 62
Brownsburg 21749 63
Batesville 6727 64
Cicero 4836 65
North Manchester 6017 66
New Haven 14624 67
Yorktown 9347 68
Bargersville 5237 69
Beech Grove 13949 70
Zionsville 23134 71
Berne 3865 72
Boonville 6267 73
Huntington 17385 74
Winona Lake 4862 75
Greendale 4601 76
Ellettsville 6367 77
Garrett 5987 78
Mount Vernon 6677 89
Huntertown 4843 80
Lowell 9225 81
Cedar Lake 11484 82
Upland 4027 82
De Motte 2528 83
Cumberland 5205 83
Dunlap 6414 83
North Terre Haute 4882 83
New Whiteland 5498 83
Hidden Valley 5174 83
Notre Dame 7099 89
Winfield 4464 90
Mccordsville 4671 90
Melody Hill 3769 90
Bright 5517 94

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16 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Indiana

  1. Well…Hell…they forgot about Laurel,Indiana!Home of Has pin Acres,and the Long branch saloon.This is as redneck as you can get over here!

  2. Being a Realtor here in Knox, with my own company @Home Indiana Realty. I can say we are a great place to live with great people just like Harold and Butch say. Education is always up to the individual… whether more or less. My father was not a high school grad, but always kept a job with great attendance and I had some college myself. Hubby didn’t graduate from college, took a few classes, but quit for his job. Fortunately his income is higher than most college grads… and like many jobs, it’s not too far to drive. My grandparents used to own a bait and ammo shop… and I am happy that my family contributes heavily to the guns to people ratio. My invitation to MENSA might be a little confusing since I’m from here, but yet it exists anyway. 😉 I grew up in a mobile home that my mom always kept very, very neat and I now enjoy our quad-level home on a couple acres as well (but shhh… I’m not so neat as my mom). Regardless, all of Starke County is a great place to raise a family. It’s up to the parents to raise them right… and most do. So whether you hunt or prefer shots with a camera, like wine or prefer a cold one or maybe you enjoy my two favorites: mint iced tea or Pepsi and whether you finished school including home school or maybe grad school… you’ll find a good place to live right here in Starke County – including Knox.

  3. The author needs to look at a map then realize that only cities 1 through 3 are located in southern Indiana and the rest are north of Indianapolis. Major geography fail !! Perhaps the author is nothing more that a closet self hating redneck.

  4. Its obvious this is a well researched article. Across the bridge in Madison is one of many dry counties in Kentucky. All the NASCAR fans come to Indiana and fill up at the Fillin Station.

  5. I would just like to say how flawed this criteria is. Just because a town has a trailer park a gun-shop and a few bars and the like make it a redneck city? Most towns have those. By your logic you might as well mark the majority of cities in the U.S

    I have lived in Columbia City most of my life and have only known 2-4 rednecks (Personally, not bad people though) They are not as common as you would think.

    (Just because you live in a trailer doesn’t make you a redneck)

    I also know of plenty well educated people within the city limits.

    It’s not about being called a redneck that makes me mad (I’m not one though) It’s how misinformed the writer of this post is. You grab a load of information and plop it together and call it science? You took a load of definitions that don’t actually mean you are a redneck and make a post that shows misinformation.

    The only redneck thing I can really think about is the 4H fair, but attending doesn’t even qualify you as a redneck.

    1. I think the whole article is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. He grabbed what we all agree are stereotypes and ran with it(actually it was a limping jog more than anything.)He chose all of the obvious stereotypes too and missed many of the important ones. For instance, looking at local events for proximity to: Tractor pulls, Monster Truck Rallies, Fishing Contests and Gun Shows would have been a REAL good redneck indicator.

      Also, look at beer consumption. You will find the Heineken and Michelob at low decimal percentages in a redneck town and the Bud, Bud Light and Miller Lite with share the pie chart, almost exclusively, at a ration of approximately 28%, 35% & 36% with the remaining 1% being shared by all other domestic beers and LaBatt’s (if you don’t mind being looked at funny the rest of the night.) Wine is not seen favorably in a redneck town unless you’re in church, at an older ladies’ funcion or cooking. Any other wine in a redneck town is for getting the ladies drunk and we don’t mean Chardonnay either. Mostly they like it sweet and easy to sip or you’re better off just sharing your beer with her. (Which, in some redneck traditions, is suspect behavior, but forgiveable depending on how your night works out and how the beer holds up.)

      In the end, it’s probably not a good idea to take any of this seriously (unless, of course, your town’s on the list and you want to brag down at the gun show.)

      Anyhow, I grew up in the largest town in the smallest county in Illinois (population under 10,000 at the time) and I thought this article was funny. Go Madison!

  6. It looks like someone in Chicago put this together. I’m not so sure the author would know a redneck if he saw one. The first flaw is that he started with only big cities. Indiana is full of small towns and counties FULL of rednecks! And…Scottsburg (pop. 6,731) wasn’t even on the list. It’s full of rednecks, trailer parks, liquor, etc. and even has a Walmart! Lol. Do better research next time before calling yourself an author.

  7. Interesting how this reverse racism is acceptable. If the article was about the blackest towns with the criteria being most amount of unwed mothers, highest crime, most people with criminal records, highest number of welfare recipients, most watermelon and fried chicken consumed, it would make headline news with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson at the forefront. Amazing, isn’t it?

    1. Mostly, I think it’s because the 400 years of exploitation, persecution and enslavement of white folks by African Americans has been swept under the rug by history. It might be that the entire system is controlled by powerful black men that want to keep the white people down.

      I’m not sure why black folks are still bitter about having their women raped, their children torn from their families and their defiant, intelligent men being murdered for over 400 years by white folks who still don’t want to acknowledge what an atrocity the whole thing was. Seems petty, doesn’t it?

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